Posts Tagged ‘challenge’

Summer Reading Programs with Freebies for Kids

June 24th, 2020

It’s Wednesday, June 24, 2020, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading

(www.barnesandnoble.com/b/summer-reading/_/N-2m39)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

Summer is here and many companies offer National Summer Reading Programs where kids can earn prizes for reading books!

When you get to the site, you’ll see Barnes & Noble’s 100 Books of Summer and more. Their contest for Grades 1-6 is: Read 8 books, record them in a free “Reading Journal,” and earn a FREE book! The journal is provided for free – scroll down under “Gift with Purchase” and click on “Learn More” in the “Summer Reading Giveaway…” box.

Camp BOOK IT! (New for 2020)

From June through August, kids who were in grades K-6 in the 2019-2020 school year, and who meet the challenge to meet their monthly reading goal, can win a Personal Pan Pizza from PizzaHut. The site also includes activities and book recommendations.

Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza

Kids in Grades K-12 can sign up for Home Base where they keep track of their reading streaks, play games, and more. Reading streaks earn rewards and help unlock a donation of 100,000 books through United Way to kids in areas with limited or no access to books.

Don’t forget that many public libraries offer Summer Reading Programs where kids can win prizes too. Contact your local library for more information.

Free multi-media math games

April 27th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, April 27, 2020, and time for Math at

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Calculation Nation

(calculationnation.nctm.org/)

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 3-8 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

This fun, free, multi-media math games website is brought to you by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and helps students “investigate significant mathematical content and practice fundamental skills.”

The competitive style play allows students to challenge themselves by playing against the computer, or they can play the games with other members of the Calculation Nation forum. The latter requires registration (it’s free).

When you get to the site, choose the guest pass link to test-drive the games or register to access all features of the site. Then, enjoy games such as: 

  • Square Off – Learn about perimeter and area as you try and capture the most spaceships.
  • Factor Dazzle – Try to stump your opponent by choosing numbers for them to factor that are harder than your own.
  • Fraction Feud – Create larger or smaller fractions than your opponent to win.
  • Slam Ball – Use your knowledge of angles, symmetry, and reflections to collect the most points on a given path.
  • Ker-Splash – Use algebra to manipulate your beach ball to roll over the most new terms.
  • And more!

Read the “About Games” section to get a brief summary of the games and the type of math skills you need to play them. As the website explains, “Calculation Nation is part of the NCTM Illuminations project, which offers Standards-based resources that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students.”

Learn about the Mughal Empire

February 27th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, February 27, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mughal India

(www.mughalindia.co.uk/room.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Did you know that there was once a Mughal Empire, and that at its peak it encompassed most of India? You will know quite a bit about it after a visit to this virtual classroom developed by the British Museum.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of a classroom. Roll your cursor over the items in the picture to see what each one reveals. Then, simply click on an item to access the contents including:

  • Bookcase – Start with an overview. What was the Mughal Empire? Who formed it? What area did it cover? When did it begin and how long did it last? Be sure to click on the bookcase and then select individual books to learn all about various emperors and more! To turn the pages, you will need to click the corner of a page and drag it to the opposite side of the book. To jump to the table of contents, you will need to click just below the book. While you are looking at the individual books, there is a small picture of a bookcase in the top right corner of your screen so that you can easily go back to select another book; if you are finished reading, you can always click on the word “Home” at the bottom of the screen to return to the virtual classroom. (Note: In the book on Akbar, page 4 is missing, replaced by page 11. But that doesn’t detract much from the story; just insert the words “ruling briefly,” turn to page 5, and resume reading.) In addition to plenty of fascinating history, there are also some interactive games hidden inside the books! (Hint: If you are looking for games, try the book about coins.)
  • Coin Cabinet (located on the top of the bookshelf) – Coins reveal a lot about a country including who was in power when they were minted, and a bit about the values and beliefs of the nation. Open all the drawers in this cabinet to learn what coins tell us about Mughal religions, emperors, politics, and more! Helpful Hint: Click the knob at the bottom of the drawer to close it and return to the coin cabinet.
  • Warfare (or weapons cabinet, located to the right of the easel) – Try your hand at affixing the correct labels to the various implements of war. Some of them are quite ornate! A virtual magnifying glass is provided to examine the engravings, precious inlaid gems, and other intricate details. Each time you play this game, there is a different collection to label.
  • Terrapin (jade turtle) – Learn about this remarkable treasure and then take the Terrapin Challenge – try to identify its species!
  • Globe – Use your mouse to spin it and find capitals of various countries of the world.

Keep clicking around to see all the treasures hidden in the virtual classroom. Don’t miss the information stored in the “file cabinets” or the “art chest drawer” (located under the terrapin). Check out the date calculator by clicking on the calendar or view the painting on the easel.

DON’T MISS the VIRTUAL TOUR of the Taj Mahal by clicking on the clipboard.

There is simply too much to absorb in just one visit, so bookmark the site to return again.

Math History, Humor and more

January 20th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, January 20, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Academy/Platonic Realms

(www.mathacademy.com/pr/index.asp)

Age Range: 5 and up (Grades K and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This amazing, ICRA-certified (G-rated) website was produced by a handful of math and math education graduate students in Boulder Creek, CO. There is all kinds of FREE content that is highly accessible to all ages, from kindergarten to university student and beyond!

Each day, there are new items in the following categories: 

  • Mathematics quote of the day! (And an archive of previous quotes).
  • Daily Challenge: This comes with a hint, and you can also view the previous day’s problem and solution.
  • Historical Note: Learn a surprising fact about the history of mathematics!
  • Math Humor – In the left column under “graffiti” you’ll find new jokes each day! Because this site is designed for *all* levels of mathematics, some of the jokes are easier for everyone to “get,” while other more mystifying ones might just be good incentive to keep learning more math! (Parents, as always, should preview the jokes to determine suitability.)

In addition to the daily features, there is an enormous math encyclopedia. Many of the encyclopedia entries are supplemented by free “prime articles.” Be sure not to miss, for example, Zeno’s Paradox, Fibonacci sequence, and Story problems (how to solve)!

Please note: Some of the links on this site did not work; however, there is enough information here to keep you busy for a long time.

Kids learn to play Chess!

January 13th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, January 13, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ChessKid

(www.chesskid.com/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website was designed to help young children learn how to play chess. The game of chess provides intellectual stimulation while improving concentration, logical thought, and critical thinking.

When you get to the site, sign up for the free lessons. Learn about the board and the pieces. Then take some simple quizzes to get a certificate. After this, you can select a virtual opponent and level of challenge for some real practice playing chess.

Parents and teachers who wish to help guide their students through this site can select the sections designed just for them to see the syllabus, direct links to specific lessons, information about privacy, and so on. (But kids can learn a lot here independently as well!)

Chess provides opportunities for friendships, an outlet for competition, and a relief from boredom. Chess is a lot of fun!

Challenging Math Games for Grades 2-11

October 7th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, October 7, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MangaHigh

(www.mangahigh.com/en-us/games)

Age Range: 7-16 (Grades 2-11, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free, sample math games (from its commercially available game-based learning system) that challenge and entertain students.

You can try snippets of the games for free, or register as a teacher/principal of your school to play the games in their entirety. Registration is free without obligation to purchase. Should you decide to purchase a subscription to the program, you’ll be able to access additional tools to save games, track your student’s progress, etc.

When you get to the site, scroll down to locate a menu of sample games designed to engage students such as: 

  • A Tangled Web – angle puzzles
  • Bubble Function – arithmetic, exponents and scientific notation
  • Deepest Ocean – inequalities
  • Flower Power – decimals, fractions and percents
  • Graphs of the Galaxy – linear equations
  • Ice Ice Maybe – estimation
  • and more!

Click on any one to read the instructions and begin the game. Things move quickly – so be prepared to be on your toes!

As it says on the site, “Get your child excited, engaged and excelling at math.”

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